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Saint Xavier Honors One, Just Person

University Celebrates Life, Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Chicago (January 5, 2005) – Saint Xavier University will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a campus-wide celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 18. 

“In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Saint Xavier University will celebrate our accomplishments and future endeavors for change with respect to issues of cultural sensitivity,” said David Bell, assistant professor of education and director of the African American Studies program. “This will be a time of celebration for the life and accomplishments of Dr. King while also recognizing the university’s core values, which are consistent with Dr. King’s mission. 

The annual celebration, “One, Just Person,” will begin at 1 p.m. in McDonough Chapel on the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St., with the call to “Go Farther On.”

“The theme for the day, ‘Go Farther On,’ is calling all faculty, students, administrators, alumni and staff to spread the vision of Dr. King and our core values to others outside the surrounding community,” Bell said.

In a call for unity, students Maritza Paniagua, Sharday Cage and Joanna Beituni will read passages from the Bible in English and Spanish and the Qur’an in Arabic. University President Judith A. Dwyer will also speak.

Following a unity walk from the chapel, past the Academy Bell, to McGuire Hall where senior Antoine Clark, president of the Black Student Union, will recall moments in King’s life. The celebration will also include a reading of King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech by student Loren Williams, and students Unique Jordan and Chris Collier will give their rendition of “Stand” by Grammy award-winning Gospel vocalist Donnie McClurkin.

Also, the Emerson Dance Alliance of Gary, Ind., will perform a “Nubian Odyssey,” a Journey in Dance from Africa to America.

“Martin Luther King Jr. denounced injustice, not merely as it pertains to African-Americans, but to humanity at large,” Clark said. “We seek to commemorate the great measures that this venerable man took to attain excellence through compassionate means.”

A reception will follow in the Butler Reception Room. The event, which also recognizes the university’s core values of diversity, hospitality, service and integrity, is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Office of Mission & Heritage at (773) 298-3981. 

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Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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